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Welcome to the Evening Standard's rolling transfer news and rumours live blog.

Premier League football takes a back-seat this weekend as the FA Cup has the spotlight with matches being played in June for the first time in the competition's history.

Sheffield United host Arsenal in the early kick-off at 1.00pm, before Chelsea travel to Leicester and Newcastle welcome Manchester City in today's quarter-final ties.

Meanwhile, and despite the unseen economic strain on clubs brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, transfer activity and speculation remains bouyant ahead of this summer's window.

Latest transfer news and rumours…?

Solskjaer on Sancho interest No offers yet for England star, say Dortmund Chelsea move for Declan Rice Ceballos open to Real Betis move Arthur set to complete Juventus move


Guardiola lines up surprise Sane replacement

Losing a player like Leroy Sane is never going to be easy - but Pep Guardiola will be busy planning his summer targets.

Guardiola has hinted he will not go out and sign a like-for-like replacement given Phil Foden is emerging, but ESPN reports that Man City have a shock target lined up - Burnley's Dwight McNeil.

According to the report, 20-year-old winger McNeil - who was released by Manchester United at 15 - has impressed Guardiola with his versatility.


Grealish moves close to United deal

Jack Grealish is a summer target for Manchester United, and it appears as though the Aston Villa star is already thinking about his next move - literally.

According to the Express, Grealish has told friends he has found a new house to buy in the north west.

United's pursuit of Grealish would be boosted by Villa's relegation, and the Villans currently sit 19th in the table - level on points with 17th-placed West Ham, but having played a game more than the teams around them.


Ajax ready to let Tagliafico go

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is hopeful the club can retain goalkeeper Andre Onana and Donny van de Beek for another season - but could be ready to let Nicolas Tagliafico go.
The left-back has been linked with a move to Chelsea - reportedly a target should the club fail in their attempts to bring Ben Chilwell to Stamford Bridge. 


The Ajax boss told Het Parool: "For [Andre] Onana and [Donny] Van de Beek, another year at Ajax could certainly be an option.
"For Tagliafico – because of his age – something different. ‘In preparation I will try Lisandro Martinez in that position."



Rangers braced for bids for Morelos

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is unsure whether the club will be able to hold onto Alfredo Morelos this summer.

The striker has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Leicester after another fine season in Scotland and Gerrard concedes big bids for his services will be impossible to ignore. 


“I want all my best players here, I’ve said that many times. For us to be successful, we need our best players fit, available and out there on the pitch.

“But you and I know that every player has his price. Will we get bids for our best players? It’s quite possible. That’s something I can’t control, so it’s something we are just going to have to manage going forward.”


Haaland not interested in move this summer

Erling Haaland has dismissed talk he could move on from Borussia Dortmund just six months on from joining the club.

Manchester United and Real Madrid both remain interested in the Dane who remains focused on winning a title in Germany after Dortmund fell short this season. 


"I live in the present," he told German newspaper WAZ. "I have just arrived in Dortmund and I’m not thinking of leaving for now. Dortmund are one of the biggest clubs in the world. I have signed a long-term contract and I don’t think too much about the future.

"I decide what is the best thing for my career here and now. I want to achieve something important with Borussia, not always be second, but also win the title as soon as possible.

"The next year we set targets, we want to score as many goals, and I as a striker want to contribute."


Dortmund issue Sancho update

Borussia Dortmund are confident Jadon Sancho will still be their player next summer.

Former club captain Sebastian Kehl, now head of the club’s player licencing department, told Sport Buzzer there are currently no offers on the table for the England international, who Manchester United have made a top target.


“It is true that Jadon has a long-term contract. It is also true that there are no specific inquiries for him at the moment and that we all do not know how the transfer market will change amid the pandemic.

"We expect Jadon to play at BVB next season and we would all be happy about the quality he gives our team and the differences he makes."



Klopp’s wife had a bad feeling when Man United tried to hire him

Jurgen Klopp snubbed the chance to become Manchester United’s manager in 2013 because his wife, UIlla, had a bad feeling about the club.

Back then, United were looking to appoint a successor for the departing Alex Ferguson, and they had earmarked the former Borussia Dortmund boss as a candidate.

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Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward gave Klopp – who had won the Bundesliga title twice and reached the Champions League final – a tour of Old Trafford, but it was Klopp’s wife who played a key role in the German making up his mind.

Former Liverpool star Phil Thompson tells the story:

"I interviewed Klopp for Sky, and I asked if he and Liverpool were created for each other. He looked at me and asked "Why?"," the Liverpool legend told TV2 in Norway.

"Then Klopp told me he could have taken over Manchester United, but his wife said it wasn't right.

"When Liverpool arrived, his wife said it was right. There is something strange there."

"It is as if he's created for Liverpool."


Arthur travels for Juventus medical

Here is the very latest from Standard Sport's Spanish football correspondent Ben Hayward on the proposed Arthur Melo/Miralem Pjanic part-exchange deal between Barcelona and Juventus...

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Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo has travelled to Turin for a medical with Juventus ahead of his summer transfer to the Italian champions.

The 23-year-old appeared as a late substitute in Barca's 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo on Saturday and then flew to Italy for his examinations, which will take place on Sunday.

Arthur has agreed to join Juventus in a €70million deal which will see Miralem Pjanic move in the opposite direction at the end of the season.

The Brazilian, who has been accompanied by a Barca doctor on the trip to Italy, is expected to sign a five-year deal which could be announced as soon as Sunday.

With Barca in action at home to Atletico Madrid in LaLiga on Tuesday night, the midfielder will return to the Catalan capital on Sunday evening.

Arthur has made 72 appearances since signing for Barcelona from Gremio in 2018 and coach Quique Setien said on Friday that the Brazilian would continue to be important until the end of the season.


Castagne eyes Tottenham move

Atalanta right back Timothy Castagne says that he could not turn down the chance to join Tottenham if Spurs make a move for his this summer.

The 24-year-old Belgian international has been linked with a move away from Serie A at the end of the season, with PSG and Tottenham said to be interested.

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Castagne said in May that he would ‘lead towards England’ if an opportunity arose, but PSG remains an option after Belgian compatriot Thomas Meunier left the Ligue1 champions to join Borussia Dortmund.

“You have to be honest with yourself. When a team like PSG or Tottenham come knocking on your door, you can’t say ‘no’.”

Click here for the full story, where Castagne goes on to offer Arsenal a reality check...



Ceballos open to Betis move 

Dani Ceballos insists he's not "closing the door on any club", revealing a move to Real Betis is a possibility. 

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The Spaniard, who is currently on loan at Arsenal, has been linked with a number of clubs, with a stay at parent club Real Madrid unlikely.

"Betis? It's an option," he told Cadena SER. "I'm not closing the door on any club. La Liga sounds good to me, but I'm also happy at Arsenal and I have to respect them."


United 'have to sign' Sancho

Jadon Sancho was also a hot topic of discussion during the post-match analysis following Manchester United's last-gasp FA Cup quarter-final victory over Norwich City earlier this evening.

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"That’s the kind of signing they have to make if they’re going to be challenging City and Liverpool," said BBC pundit and Arsenal legend Ian Wright.

"Martial and Rashford, both of them 19 goals each, last time any Man Utd players got that was Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) and (Dimitar) Berbatov."


Arsenal in advanced talks over Dominik Szoboszlai

Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, according to French journalist Manu Lonjon. 

Arsenal's interest in Szoboszlai since last summer, with reports linking the club with another swoop this summer. 

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The 19-year-old, who has ten goals and 16 assists in 37 games in all competitions this season, has been earmarked as a replacement for Mesut Ozil. 

Lonjon told his social media followers: “PSG asked about Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Salzburg). Profile quite similar to that of Milinkovic-Savic.

"Other big clubs on it. The player's entourage was probed and not insensitive to interest. Cost 25/30M."

"Arsenal and AC Milan well advanced," he added. 



Chelsea move for Declan Rice

Chelsea are once again being linked with a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

Photo: AFP

The England international was released by Chelsea as a teenager but Frank Lampard is keen on bringing the midfielder/centre back home to Stamford Bridge.

The Sun reports that Chelsea are weighing up a £45million move for the 21-year-old.

Versatility is an attractive part of Rice's USP, but Chelsea reportedly want him to play a central role in a three-man defence. 


ICYMI: Klopp: 'A red jersey would look very good on Sancho' 

Jurgen Klopp admits a Liverpool shirt would "look very good" on Jadon Sancho, but insists a move is unlikely. 

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Liverpool have been linked with the Borussia Dortmund star, though rivals Manchester United and Chelsea are also reportedly interested. 

Asked about Sancho live at an event hosted by BILD, Klopp replied: “A red jersey would look very good on Jadon. But I don't think such a transfer will take place this summer. 

“He is a very interesting player. If he moved to Liverpool, I would be the most surprised of all!”


Solskjaer coy on Sancho interest

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be drawn on Manchester United's interest in Jadon Sancho when asked about the England international after their FA Cup win at Norwich.

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Compatriot Jan Age Fjortoft tried to press the Red Devils boss on the chances of United agreeing to sign a Dortmund player this summer.

"Ha ha. I'm good at math, but I can't answer that question," Solskjaer said.

"There are many good footballers on many teams."



Klopp: Sancho would look good in Liverpool shirt

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Jadon Sancho would look 'very good' in the red of Liverpool, but has played down the chances of a switch to Anfield this summer for the Borussia Dortmund and England star.

"A red jersey would look very good on Jadon Sancho," Klopp told Bild.

"But I don't think such a transfer will take place this summer.

"He is a very interesting player. If he moved to Liverpool, I would be the most surprised of all."


Werner breaks record in final Leipzig game

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Chelsea-bound Timo Werner made history in his final game for RB Leipzig, with two goals sealing his place as the club's all-time top scorer.

The 24-year-old has sealed a £53million move to Chelsea this summer and guided Leipzig to third place in the Bundesliga table with a 2-1 win against Augsburg in their final game of the season.

The German has rejected the chance to play in Leipzig's remaining Champions League fixtures this season, meaning he entered the game knowing it was his last for the club.

And Werner certainly didn't disappoint, taking his goal tally to 95 in 159 matches with a special double.

Werner needed just 30 minutes to break Daniel Frahn's long-standing record, rounding Augsburg goslkeeper Tomas Koubek to strike home into an empty net.

Leipzig needed to match Borussia Monchengladbach's win to secure a top-three finish, and Augsburg looked to spoil the party, with Ruben Vargas providing an equaliser.

Typically, it was Werner who settled the tie with 10 minutes remaining. The forward beat the offside trap before smashing home from a tight angle.

The offside flag did go up, but fortunately - both for Werner and Leipzig - the decision was overruled by VAR.

Leipzig took the three points and third place, while Werner cemented his position in club history.

Werner was immediately brought off, with his final involvement being that second goal.

The striker - who finished the season with a total of 28 league goals - will be able to join up with Chelsea from June 30, but he is not eligible to play until next season.


Arthur, Pjanic to undergo medicals

Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo will make his way to Turin tonight, before undergoing a medical with Juventus tomorrow, report Sky Sports. 

The midfielder will complete a £72.5million switch, before flying back to Spain ahead of their game against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. 

Arthur played today against Celta Vigo, coming on as a late substitution after starting from the bench. 

Sky also report Miralem Pjanic will undergo a medical in Turin this weekend. He will make a switch to Barcelona for around £60million. 



Mourinho keen on Sanchez reunion 

Surely not! Could we actually see Alexis Sanchez is a Spurs shirt? 

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Jose Mourinho would be open to a reunion with Manchester United forward Sanchez at Tottenham report 90min. 

Mourinho was in charge when Sanchez transferred to United, arguably when his sharp decline in form began. 

But regardless the three-time Premier League winner is reportedly interested in bringing him back to north London.


Di Matteo a 'big fan' of Werner

Roberto Di Matteo has stated he is a "big fan" of Chelsea signing Timo Werner, revealing he's tried to sign the striker twice.

"When I was at Schalke he was at Stuttgart and he was just coming on to the scene,’ Di Matteo told Chelsea's official website. "During the second part of the season, before I left, I was planning with my sporting director.

"I was saying I wanted to sign this guy, he’s good. He was young, quick, technically good. I said 'can we not sign this boy Timo'.

"We didn’t in the end and then I resigned and so on. Then I went to Villa. Stuttgart, the season after, they got relegated, and so I enquired again to sign him, but then Leipzig signed him on."

Di Matteo added: ‘I’m a big fan of his and he’s developed really, really well as well. 

"He’s a goal scorer, he scores goals, so he can guarantee a certain amount of goals for the team, which is very good, and he’s very pacey as well, he’s fast."


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When does the 2020 summer transfer window open?

The Premier League's chief executive, Richard Masters, has confirmed that the window is not set to open until the end of the season.

The campaign is currently scheduled to finish on Sunday July 26th, though the FA Cup Final will be held on August 1.

Therefore, August 2 seems a likely date for the window to open, though Masters admitted there is not yet a plan for how long it would go on for - especially with no dates yet confirmed for the 2020/21 season.

A summer transfer window usually lasts at least 12 weeks. Recent reports suggest Fifa will allow leagues to open their windows up to four weeks before the culmination of the season.

Players can be officially registered with their new clubs when the Fifa international window opens on July 1 - such as Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner with Chelsea - though Fifa guidelines suggest players joining in July will not be able to play for their new clubs during the current 2019-20 season.

From January 1 onwards, Premier League players with six months left on their contract have been able to negotiate and agree pre-contract deals with foreign clubs.

Some players have signed short-term deals with their clubs to finish the current season, but there is no obligation for players to do so. However, they will not be able to play for a new team this season even if they become a free agent due to Fifa regulations on registrations.

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